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Pride's season ends with 5-2 loss

April 9, 2005 - ECHL (ECHL) - Myrtle Beach Thunderboltz News Release

GREENVILLE, SC – The Greenville Grrrowl scored four unanswered goals to come back and defeat the Pee Dee Pride 5-2 on Saturday night at the BI-LO Center in the final game of the season for both teams.

The loss extended the Pride’s road winless streak to 18 games (0-16-2).

After getting several quality scoring chances in the first half of the opening period, Greenville finally was able to get a shot past Pride goaltender Nick Boucher at the 13:43 mark. Richard Pittiri centered a pass for Vladimir Gusev at the high slot and the former Pride defenseman was able to wrist a shot past Boucher for his eighth goal of the season.

But, the Pride came right back to tie the game exactly one minute later.

Lee Jacobson had the puck behind the Grrrowl net and centered a pass for Steve Cygan who was able to one time a shot past goaltender Mike Morrison for his 13th goal of the season.

Pee Dee then took the lead just over two minutes later at 16:57. After Boucher made a blocker-pad save on a Grrrowl shot, the Pride quickly moved the puck back the other way. Morrison made the initial save on a shot by Steve Hildenbrand, but the rebound sat free and was jammed home by Gregg Johnson for his team-leading 27th goal of the season.

Greenville tied the game 5:52 into the second period with a 5-on-3 power-play goal. Mike Knight’s shot from the point hit off the end wall and came free to Martin St. Pierre in the left-wing circle, and he was able to one-time a shot past Boucher for his 13th of the season.

The Grrrowl retook the lead just 58 seconds later, scoring another two-man advantage goal. Knight gathered in a pass in the high slot and beat Boucher with a quick wrist shot for his second goal of the season.

Greenville’s Simon Ferguson scored an empty-net goal with 1:07 left to make it 4-2, and St. Pierre added his second of the night with 9.4 seconds left to set the final.

The Grrrowl outshot the Pride 60-31, and had eight power plays to the Pride’s one.

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